[sny-box color="fff"]Zack Wheeler had difficulty with command, tying his career high with 5 walks. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings.
In his first start against them, Scott Kazmir shut the Mets down, striking out 12 over 6 scoreless.
Lagares and Murphy each extended their hitting streaks, to 11 and 10 games, respectively.
Justin Turner hit a bomb to dead center, his first of the season.
Making his 2nd appearance since coming off the DL, Tim Byrdak allowed grand slam to Nick Swisher to put the game out of reach.[/sny-box]
To get a full recap and boxscore, check out this link to SNY.TV.It was a narrative bonanza down in Cleveland tonight as former Mets top pitching prospect Scott Kazmir faced off agains current Mets top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. Naturally, with the help of the excitement of facing the team that traded him (not to mention facing a AAA-quality lineup), Kazmir was absolutely dominant, striking out his most in 6 years, over 6 scoreless innings. His fastball sat in the mid-90's, touching 96mph, and he had complete command, walking none and throwing 72 of his 97 pitches for strikes. He simply owned the Mets and pitched like a man with something to prove, just one season removed from playing in the independent league.
Wheeler was far from the sharpest we've seen this season, walking 5 and allowing baserunners in each of his 5 innings. He managed to limit the damage for the most part, but his lack of command along with some shoddy play on the field allowed the Indians to score more than they would need to top the weak-hitting Mets. The game really went off the rails after Wheeler departed, though. First, Gonzalez Germen allowed a run on several hard-hit balls in his 2 innings of work. Then Aardsma and Byrdak combined to load the bases in the 8th before Nick Swisher hit one over the fence in left.
And, as usual, Mets bats were just dead all night as they struck out a total of 15 times (including the dreaded golden sombrero for Andrew Brown). They simply looked overmatched, particularly Flores who appears to still be suffering the effects of his sprained ankle. We have 40 roster spots right now, there isn't one other guy who can offer more than a hobbled Flores, barely navigating third base and grimacing with every swing?
This was quite the forgettable game, so hopefully the Mets can put it behind them and look to even it up behind a sizzling hot Jon Niese, undefeated with a 2.14 ERA since coming off the DL. With Dice-BB looming on Sunday, it may be our only shot for a win in Cleveland.
Tomorrow at 6:05 pm ET, the Mets continue their three-game series against the Indians, with Jon Niese (6-6, 3.66 ERA) facing Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.54 ERA).